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Vilafonté | Home Masterclass

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

Welcome to Vilafonté Course, where you can sip at home and grow your wine knowledge by learning directly from the winemaker.
Join Mike as he leads you through his vineyards and wine cellar, and have the unique experience of learning from this leading South African winemaker.

In this course you will:

  • Gain key insights into the History, Terroir, and Winemaking Philosophy of Vilafonté Wines;
  • Get first hand knowledge about the cutting edge technology used in Vilafonté's vineyards;
  • Find out the secret behind Vilafonté’s passions and successes for Bordeaux style red blend wines;
  • Discover the three handcrafted world class wines that Vilafonté has to offer; and
  • Learn how to successfully pair wines and confidently recommend them to your guests, and enjoy them at home.

Course Outline

The Vilafonté Home Masterclass Course has been designed to be user-friendly allowing you, the student, to easily track your progress using the Progress tab while completing the course. Each course begins with an Introduction, Winemaking Philosophy, and History section. Next you will learn first hand about the unique Location, Vineyard Practices, and Winemaking techniques that have made the Vilafonté Wine Range an internationally acclaimed wine brand. In each section you will find captivating videos and in-depth topic notes.

The Discussion Forum provides a platform where you can interact with the Vilafonté Masterclass Course Tutor as well as fellow students currently completing the course. Scenarios based questions will be asked by your tutor on the Discussion Forum. These discussions are designed to give you the opportunity to master the art of recommending Vilafonté wines. You will be able to discuss the various wines on this forum with fellow learners.

It's recommended that you print out the Vilafonté Masterclass Printable Notes before beginning the course. These notes can be found on the Vilafonté Contents page under the heading Course Handouts (which is located on the right hand side of the screen). Another printable resource available under the Course Handouts is the Vilafonté Cheat Sheet which provides a detailed overview for each of the wines in the Vilafonté Wines range. This Cheat Sheet can be used to help refresh your knowledge about the various Vilafonté Wines on offer.

Once you've completed all five sections of the Vilafonté Masterclass Course you will write The Ultimate Test Your Knowledge quiz on Iona Wines. The course pass rate is a minimum of 70%. If you pass, you will be rewarded with further Rewards to help you sip and learn at home even more.

Are you ready to become an expert on Vilafonté wines?... Absolutely!
Well, then let's get you started on this exciting journey of the Vilafonté @ Home Masterclass!


You don't need any pre-requisite courses completed on the Beverageintelligence online university to do the @ Home Wine Masterclasses.

Course Staff

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Allister is the CEO and founder of Under the Influence and an experienced member of the Beverageintelligence training team, having educated staff in over 250 lodge and hotel properties across the continent. He loves wines from Elgin and the right bank of Bordeaux.
Allister is passionate about building confidence and drinks skills among learners on the African continent.

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Chad heads up the Customer Success mission in the business and is super passionate about delivering great service and loads of value to customers. He loves being on the ground with customers, working side by side with their teams to craft the most beautiful beverage offering and journey through the wonderful world of Beverageintelligence education and training. As the remarkable Nelson Mandela said: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Chad loves discovering new and wonderful wines from both South Africa and further afield, and has a soft spot for a perfectly oaked Chardonnay. Delicious!

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Richard is the Couse Curator for the Beverageintelligence Vilafonté Masterclass and Wine 101 Online Course. He is passionate about sharing his wine knowledge to others by creating online education tools. Richard’s happy place is the kitchen where he likes to be creative and prepare great meals to share with friends and family. He has been introduced in the world of wine by his father and like him has strong preference for wine from the Graves Appellation of Bordeaux.
When he is not thinking “cooking” and “wine”, Richard’s thinks “swimming”, “trail running” and “mountain biking”. He loves to discover the great outdoors of South Africa on his bike or by foot.

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